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Tom Glavine - Interview Responses

Joey,

 

Hey here are my thoughts. Let me know if you have any follow ups...

 

1...A combination of talent and desire, separately both will only take you so far, to be great you have to be willing to get the most of your talent and in some cases more. Good players in my mind use their talent and become content at some point with the level of expectation, both of themselves and from others, never really trying to raise those expectations. Great players are constantly pushing their own boundaries, they are constantly trying to figure out how to be better, better than they were last game or last season and better than the "next guy"...they are only content being as good as they think they can be..

 

2...I was motivated by what I thought I was capable of doing. I wanted to be the "ace" of the staff and I wanted the expectations that came along with that..I always looked for ways to improve..I wanted to see how far I could push myself either by improvement or in consistency

 

3...Great players, I think, are fearless,driven and honest....fearless in that they don't back away from a challenge and they aren't afraid of failure, when they do fail they learn from it..
they are driven in terms of their work habits and preparation, they won't be out worked or out prepared by anyone..if you beat them it's not because they weren't ready..I think it's true of all sports, baseball players may be more meticulous because it's such a long season..

 

4...I was fortunate that I had the right coaches at each level of my development...As a kid it was all about having fun and enjoying the game...in the minor leagues it was different things, learning mechanics, learning pitches, learning how to prepare and work for a whole season...Leo Mazzone was a big help for me a couple years into my big league career, he really helped me understand my mechanics to the point where i could repeat them and that was when I began to take off..

 

5...Lots of doubts, I hurt my arm my first season in the minor leagues so I had to deal with that for the first time...Had to overcome the doubts of whether or not you are good enough compared to the talent around you...Once i got to the big leagues the doubts of being good enough to stay there, I lost 17 games my first full season in the majors so there were lots of doubts after that...That's where your desire comes into play!!

 

6...First and foremost have fun..Whatever the sport you are playing, the odds of playing in college let alone professionally are stacked against you! Having said that there are always exceptions to that rule, people like me...work hard listen to people that praise you but also people that criticize you, listen to the criticism and figure out if you can apply it and get better...push yourself to do things that maybe you didn't think you could,don't be content listening to people tell you how good you are...and don't be afraid to fail, learn from your mistakes, there are more teaching moments in a game that you lose than there are in ones that you win..don't be out worked!!!

 

Hope this helps, obviously very sloppy in my grammar etc...was just giving thoughts that hopefully you can interject

 

Let me know if you have any follow ups or need any clarifications!!

 

Good luck

 

Tom

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Mind Games: What Makes a Baseball Player Great

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Certain mental abilities and personality traits key to making it in major leagues.
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Tom Galvine: Interview (in progress)

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Questions to be answered:

 

*What separates good from great?

*What motivates you to be great? Or is it just being your best?

*What kind of characteristics do you see among great athletes, and baseball players particularly? *Was there someone in your development who had a profound impact on you?

*What kind of doubts do you have to overcome?

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Joey Thode's comment, September 30, 2012 1:02 PM
Actual Interview..
Joey Thode's comment, September 30, 2012 1:02 PM
Mr. Glavine,

I want to start by sincerely thanking you for taking the time to answer a few questions that pertain to a writing project I have here at Western Kentucky University. I am an alumnus of Blessed Trinity School outside of Atlanta and am currently a freshman at WKU. I have been given an assignment to write a paper on a topic of my choosing, and I've selected the question: What makes a great Major League Baseball player?

Being a longtime Braves fan and admirer of yours, I can think of no one who would be better suited to focus on than you and the great career that you had. If you're able to answer the questions I've listed below, please feel free to do as extensively as you like. I'm focusing my paper on your career and it would be quite helpful to have your responses to include in my work. Again, thank you very, very much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

QUESTIONS

1) What do you think separates  being good from great? What is the measure of that in your mind and what is about those special players like you who are able to play at the highest level?

2) What motivated you to be great? Was it a specific goal or did you just focus on maximizing your talents and drive?

3) What kind of characteristics do you see that are common among great athletes and baseball players particularly?

4) Was there someone in your development who had a profound impact on you?

5) What kind of doubts did you have to overcome in order to achieve as much as you did?

6) What advice would you give young baseball players and athletes regarding their prospects to be outstanding and become 'great' baseball players and athletes?

I appreciate all you help!

Thanks again,
Joey Thode
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The 50 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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Research Plan 10/22 to 10/25

Here are some of my research goals for this week:

 

1) Begin looking for more informative websites, articles, editorials, etc (preferably through search engines I have not been using)

 

2) I am going to begin disecting my interview with Tom Glavine and figuring out how and where to place it in my I-search

 

3) Also,I am going to reply to Tom and ask him if he can think of any specific times where some of the things he talked about played out in real life. Maybe a time that he found himself working harder than perhaps some expected, or harder than other people in a similar situation. And I’d ask that along with his personal experiences, are there any other great players who come to mind that he’s seen display the kind of traits, work habits, or attitudes that he’s talking about..

 

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“The number of superlatives that have been used to describe Los Angeles Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout is too great to count...”

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1289713-why-mike-trouts-rookie-season-is-the-best-major-league-baseball-has-ever-seen

 

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